Woman injured in fall from tree stand

MORGANTOWN — A Morgantown woman was taken to the hospital on Thanksgiving in critical condition after falling 18 feet while setting up a deer stand.

Tamra Hayden, 25, of Morgantown, was helping put up a tree stand at a property in the 5900 block of Old State Road 135 about 1 p.m. Thursday. While attempting to secure the stand to the tree, the stand shifted, causing her to fall, an Indiana Department of Natural Resources news release said.

She was not wearing a safety harness, the release said.

Hayden, who was awake and breathing, was flown to Indiana University Methodist Hospital due to possible injuries to her back and legs, the release said. Morgantown emergency workers, along with those in Bargersville and Trafalgar, helped state conservation officers at the scene.

Hayden was in critical condition on Friday morning, according to a hospital spokesperson.